Countdown to Christmas – Day 16

December 16
{9 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

Suddenly a great army of heaven’s angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God: “Glory to God in the highest.” Luke 2:13

Discuss Together

Can you imagine a great army of angels, singing praises to God for baby Jesus? The heavens exploded with music everywhere! The angels filled up the air and sang for joy! Some Bibles call the angels, “a multitude of the heavenly host”. A multitude is a large indefinite number. Wonder how many angels were there that night?

Do Together

  • Have a family jam session! Turn on your favorite Christmas music and sing together. Bring in real instruments or make your own with pots and spoons. Sing out and praise Jesus in your living room or take it on the road and head outside with your family band.
  • Sing “Joy to the World” together, to celebrate the happy news of Jesus’ birth. Talk about the words, “Let every heart prepare Him room.” How can your family prepare Him room this December?

Pray Together

I pray ______________ will know that you, God, are wise and powerful and will praise you forever and ever. Daniel 2:20


Countdown to Christmas – Day 15

December 15
{10 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

This very day, in the City of David, a Savior has been born for you. He is Christ, the Lord. Luke 2:11

Discuss Together

An angel of God appeared and told the shepherds that a Savior had been born, the promised Messiah they had been waiting for! The angel said something very interesting: The baby had been born for them. He wasn’t just Mary and Joseph’s – what a gift!

Do Together

  • Luke 2:11 is a reason to celebrate! The angels learned the Savior was born. Turn on Christmas music and have a dance party in your home. Celebrate Jesus’ birth as you sing and dance.
  • Purchase a Christmas jigsaw puzzle. Put it on a table where you can leave it out and work on it together during the holidays.

Pray Together

Thank you, God, for sending your son, Jesus, to save _______________. I pray _______________ will accept you as his/her Savior and Lord. John 3:16


Countdown to Christmas – Day 14

December 14
{11 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen, I bring you glorious news of great joy which is for all the people. Luke 2:10

Discuss Together

On that night in Bethlehem, the shepherds heard the best news the world will ever hear, and they heard it in a wonderful and very surprising way. The angel moved first to calm the shepherds’ fears. Then he announces the good news that results in joy…not just for Mary and Joseph, but for all the people on earth.

Do Together

  • One way we share the glorious news of Christmas is by telling others! Bake and decorate Christmas sugar cookies together! Kids can help cut out and decorate the cookies to give to a neighbor. (This should only be done on a day Mom has an overabundance of Christmas Cheer.) Make a card telling the greatest news of all, “Jesus loves you.” Give the cookies and card to the neighbor. Tell them the greatest Christmas news. Pray for your neighbor.
  • Special people in your life have helped you know more about the great news of Jesus’ love. Write a short Christmas thank you note to – your KidLife Group teacher or pastor. Put a stamp on it and take it to the mailbox.

Pray Together

Jesus, I pray ___________________ will believe and see the glory of God. John 11:40


Countdown to Christmas – Day 13

December 13
{12 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid. Luke 2:9

Discuss Together

One minute the shepherds were still and talking quietly, under the blackness of the sky. The next moment, the hillside was ablaze with light, overwhelmingly bright, and booming with an angel’s voice. The shepherds looked up. They had never seen an angel before. They were terrified! They did not know what to think or do!

Do Together

  • The angel came to the shepherds at night. Take a walk tonight with your family. Look at the Christmas lights around your neighborhood. Talk about the angel, the shepherds, and things your family most enjoys about Christmas.
  • Have a family Christmas game night. Play Charades using animals, people, and places from the Christmas story (angel, sheep, baby Jesus). Create Nativity Christmas Bingo Cards at myfreebingocards.com. Include words or pictures from the Christmas story on the card.

Pray Together

We pray we will be still and know He is God. Psalm 46:10


Countdown to Christmas – Day 12

December 12
{13 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Luke 2:8

Discuss Together

The sheep are resting quietly on the hillside outside of Bethlehem. The flock of woolly sheep huddled together, sleeping. The sky was dark. Stars twinkled overhead. Tending sheep was both a responsible and dangerous job in Palestine – it involved living outside with the flock, protecting them at night from thieves and wild animals, and keeping them safe from wandering off and injuring themselves. The shepherds were going about their everyday life, working, minding their own business, doing what they did every single day, totally unaware that the most amazing event had just occurred, and that God wanted them to be a part of it. Until…

Do Together

  • Plan a special event for a normal regular day! Prepare a candlelight dinner, using your fine china or special Christmas dishes. Dress up, just to celebrate!
  • Make cinnamon ornaments! Stir together 1 cup cinnamon, 4 tablespoons of white glue, and ¾ cup of water. The dough should look like thick cookie dough. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Sprinkle more cinnamon on your work surface, knead the dough, and then roll to about ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Poke a hole for a hanger by using a straw. Let dry on waxed paper for a few days, turning occasionally (or speed dry by baking in a warm oven for 2 hours.) When dry, hang with ribbon and enjoy your ornaments!
  • Wrap presents. Set up a center with empty boxes, wrapping paper, and tape. Let the children “do it themselves.”

Pray Together

I pray whatever we do, we work at it with all our heart to please you. Colossians 3:23


Countdown to Christmas – Day 11

December 11
{14 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in soft cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them to stay in the inn. Luke 2:7

Discuss Together

Bethlehem was the hometown for many people. It was crowded with people arriving to be counted for the census. Everyone was searching for a place to spend the night. It was so crowded that all the available rooms were taken, and there was no place for Joseph and Mary to stay. What could they do? Joseph had no family or friends with whom they could stay. Mary’s baby was coming soon, and she needed a place to rest. The best place Joseph could find was a stable. Bethlehem was the birthplace of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings! The world had waited thousands of years for this moment.

Do Together

  • After Jesus was born, Mary wrapped him in long strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger. Cut strips of muslin or soft cloth. Let your child wrap a baby doll. Provide a box of hay to lay the baby doll. Let kids get in the box to see how it feels.
  • Make a birth announcement for Jesus. Use construction paper, colored paper, ribbon, and scrapbooking materials.
  • Sing your prayer at dinner tonight. As a family, make up a song about Jesus’ birth or sing together the chorus of “O Come, All ye Faithful”.

Pray Together

God, you created us. May we know we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14


Countdown to Christmas – Day 10

December 10
{15 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

And Joseph went from the town of Nazareth to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. He went to be counted, with Mary. Luke 2:4-5

Discuss Together

Can you imagine walking 70 miles? That’s how far Mary and Joseph traveled from Nazareth. That’s like walking from Champion Forest Baptist Church to Galveston. How long do you think it would take? Joseph and Mary probably traveled in a caravan. They may have walked, or Mary may have ridden a donkey. (Remember, she was going to have a baby!) They probably traveled between 4 and 7 days.

Do Together

  • How far can your family walk? Take a Christmas light walk around your neighborhood. Track the distance on a device. Notice the lights. Sing Christmas songs as you walk.
  • Have your own “silent night”! Turn off all technology. Read Christmas books and enjoy hot chocolate. (Try purchasing a new children’s Christmas book every year and start a Christmas collection.)

Pray Together

We pray we will know that you, God, are with us wherever we go. Joshua 1:9b


Countdown to Christmas – Day 9

December 9
{16 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

At that time, Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his hometown. Luke 2:1, 3

Discuss Together

Acensus is a way to count people. The United States is required by the Constitution to perform a census every ten years. The government uses the data for many reasons to help them govern well. Emperor Augustus was the king of the Roman Empire. He probably wanted to count his people for taxation purposes. So, Joseph had to travel to his hometown.

Do Together

  • A hometown is where you were born and grew up. Where is your hometown? Your parents’ hometown? Your grandparents? Find a map. Pin the locations.
  • Visit the Houston Zoo Lights in our hometown of Houston. Millions of sparkling lights greet you as you stroll through the zoo. Check the website for info. zoolights.houstonzoo.org
  • Practice counting. Make a list of the following: plates, pillows, books, Christmas lights, beds, people, cups, doors, stars, spoons, animals, Bibles. Which one is the most & least?

Pray Together

We pray we will number our days so we will have a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12


Countdown to Christmas – Day 8

December 8
{17 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21

Discuss Together

Another angel is bringing a message from God. This angel gave Joseph specific instructions about Mary and the baby. Joseph was obedient to God. The Bible says that when he woke up, he took Mary as his wife.

Do Together

  • God chose a family for Jesus. Talk about families and thank God for your family. Ask what your child loves and enjoys about your family. Tell your child what you love about him or her.
  • The angel told Joseph to name the baby, Jesus. Find the meaning of your names. Use craft supplies and create name banners with each family members’ name. Include the meaning. Display in your home throughout the Christmas season.
  • Make an angel or angels to put on your Christmas tree. You can find a pattern here: buggyandbuddy.com/paper-strip-angel

Pray Together

Lord, I pray ______________ will be strong and courageous! May he not be afraid or discouraged because God is with him wherever he goes. Joshua 1:9


Countdown to Christmas – Day 7

December 7
{18 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Discuss Together

God spoke, and the world was created out of nothingness. Nothing is impossible for God. God placed the sun in the heavens and the moon by night. Nothing is impossible for God. God formed a man out of dust, breathed into his nostrils and the man became alive. Nothing is impossible for God. God shows time after time that there is nothing too hard, nothing too impossible for Him…even sending His Son to earth, as a baby.

Do Together

  • Care for the baby dolls in your home. Give each doll a warm bath, dress, and pretend to feed the baby. Talk about ways Mary cared for baby Jesus. Wonder at the amazing truth that Jesus, the Son of God, was born as a tiny little baby. Look at the tiny little fingers and toes.
  • See how many possible words you can make out of the letters in the word “impossible.” There are over 150!
  • Print today’s verse on a piece of construction paper. Cut it into several pieces to make a puzzle. Ask the children to put the puzzle together to help you learn the verse for today. Say the verse together and talk about what it means.

Pray Together

I pray ________________ will know that nothing is impossible for God. Luke 1:37